All the facts on chlamydia
If you are beginning a sexual relationship then it is just common sense to be wary of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). One of the most common out there is chlamydia, and in this article we are going to give you all the facts you need to know on this nasty STD.
Chlamydia - The facts
Instances of chlamydia in the UK have been steadily on the rise over the last few years, and while it may not carry the immediate symptoms as some of it's nastier rivals, it can still cause serious long term damage if left unattended.
In women, complications of chlamydia can include infertility, sometimes even before a woman knows she is infected.
Chlamydia is easily the most common STD in the UK, and cases are on the rise thanks to a general non-recognition of the symptoms. These symptoms can appear between one and three weeks after exposure.
In women, they manifest themselves as abnormal vaginal discharge or a burning sensation while urinating. Some other signs include lower abdominal pain, low back pain, nausea, fever, pain during intercourse, or bleeding between menstrual periods.
In men, symptoms can include a discharge from the penis or a burning sensation while urinating. Pain in the testicles can be a symptom, but it is quite rare.
If you suspect you may have been exposed to chlamydia, then your local GP, or a specialist STD/Family Planning clinic can carry out a quick and easy test on your urine, with the results available in minutes. If you have any reason to suspect, then take the test. Many clinics will carry it out for free.
The good news is that chlamydia is easily treated, with a simple course of antibiotics taking care of even the nastiest infections. It is regrettable, but informing any previous sexual partners you have had is also highly recommended as it will help to prevent further spread of the disease through sexual contact.